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Stroudsburg, PA - Hometown

I've recently started making maps and have discovered that they're a great way of recording memories.  For this project, I've decided to take a close look at my hometown Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, a small town in the Poconos.  The main street of our town (actually called Main St.) was where my high school was located, also my first job at an ice cream shop, and a meet up place for me and my friends. 

It's been seven years since I graduated high school, and I know that eventually these memories are going to fade into the past especially since the town is changing so much since I've left.  I want to use this project as a way to reflect on my youth and remember the simple things that made growing up there so nice.

Some places to map out:

Stroudsburg High School

Big Star Drive-In

Sweet Creams

Main St Jukebox

Waterfall Hangout Spot

The Sign Hangout Spot

Old Church

Wawa & Dunkin' Donuts

Friends' Houses

**Update**

I've laid out the basic geography on Illustrator.

Also, looks like I just DOVE IN without checking out the classroom.  Here are my responses to the questions that I didn't answer above.

Who is my target audience?

I don't have a strong target audience other than myself, because this is so personal, but I know that many of my friends from high school whom I'm still in touch with would get a kick out of the references.  I find that a lot of my aim in artwork is to make me and my friends laugh.  That's why I made this map of my neighborhood in Philadelphia that maps out all of the pizza places in the area.  (Thanks so much, Anne for featuring it on the Pinterest board!)

What level of detail do I need to include? (Names, addresses, contact info, street names, website, hours, descriptions, color coding etc.).

The detail is going to be placed in the locations I'm going to feature.  I'm thinking circular magnifications of each location with a little blurb explaining it's importance.

Do I want my final project to be printed or digital?

It's going to be digital for now, but I'd eventually like to print it out nicely to keep or display in some way.

How is it going to be used/ held? What other constraints do I need to keep in mind moving forward? (Note: type can be smaller on printed maps than when viewed on web).

It doesn't need to be held.  I like to think of it though as something that would be pasted into a scrapbook or diary, so a physical version would be nice.

I'm so excited to continue working on this project, and am totally open to any advice/suggestions you guys might have!

I'm in the process of working on the markers for each location.  Here are the first three I've completed.

And another three!

Here's the latest update.  I feel like I'm stuck.  It's just not sitting well with me.  I don't know if it's the color or the overall design I'm not satisfied with.  Anyone have any advice?  I plan on adding textures in the future but I don't feel like I'm anywhere near there yet.

I added a few more badges to spread it out a little more..

Made some major changes since last time!  Getting a feeling for the sizing and text.  I messed with the colors a little more also.

Looking at it outside of Illustrator now, I think I'm going to shrink the map down a little and add a white border like a photograph.  It needs a little room to breathe, and I'm not crazy about it butting up against the edges.

Here's after a little Photoshop work, pretty close to the final I think.  

I wasn't happy with my work so I decided to do a total overhaul!  Limited color scheme with much cleaner details.  Any advice?

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